Phillip Lehans, "Village Beaches"
East Hampton Through the Lens:
An Evening with Phillip Lehans
An art photographer's contemporary interpretation of coastal landscapes captured through the lens of a pinhole camera.
Five beaches are captured in 160 color and monochrome panoramic photographs in a dynamic and otherworldly way. Their ethereal quality is achieved by using a century-old photographic technique where an image is projected onto film through a pin-sized hole instead of a lens.
Located in East Hampton, NY, the beaches featured include:
- Georgica Beach
- Main Beach
- Wiborg Beach
- Egypt Beach
- Two Mile Hollow Beach
With exposure times primarily dependent on ambient light, the camera’s manual shutter may be open on a bright day for just three seconds or 30 minutes or more at dawn. During that time, every subtlety of nature is recorded: a brisk wind pushes clouds across the sky, creating smooth streaks of white and pastel, while the tides render the ocean in creamy tranquility.
In these infinite variations we are reminded of the cycles of nature, the course of time, and the optimism of tomorrow.
Phillip Andrew Lehans is an artist and photographer with a background in portraiture, fine art, and photojournalism. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2002 and is a 2005 graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography.